I'm super excited to be joining the first #collaboreads link up hosted by Rachel and Amber. It's a book review link up with a monthly theme. This month's theme was a book on the New York Times Bestseller list.
There were a lot of great books on the list when I checked it earlier this month, but I obviously went with The Girl On the Train by Paula Hawkins.
So, without further ado, here's my R.E.A.D.S. review!
What part of the book could you NOT get enough of?
Pretty much the entire thing. I read it in one sitting while I was home sick from work. I could not put it down! Basically, the book is about Rachel, a divorced woman with a drinking problem who rides the train every day "to work" - even though she was fired months ago - because she doesn't want her roommate to know she's been fired. She is obsessed with her old house where her ex-husband and his new wife live and the train takes her past there each morning. There is also a couple a few houses down from them that Rachel loves to watch - she thinks their life is perfect and she has even named them Jess and Jason, though she has never met them before.
One day, while on the train, Rachel sees something shocking happening with "Jess." She later sees that a crime has been committed involving Jess and she realizes what she saw likely has something to do with it. But people have trouble taking Rachel seriously because of her serious drinking problem, her blackouts, and her tendency to lie and stalk her ex-husband and his new wife.
How did you relate to/care for the characters? What's your thought on the plot line and twists and turns?
There weren't many, or any, likable characters in this book. Lots of anger, betrayal, lying, infidelity, etc. But at some points, I did feel sorry for Rachel, as she struggled with trying to manage her drinking, lying to everyone, having blackouts, being unemployed, lonely, etc.
The plot twists and turns are what makes the book so hard to put down!!! What happened to Megan (Jess' real name)? Did Rachel really see what she thought she saw? It's so good.
But there were a few storylines weaved in that just didn't seem to make sense to the story. They could have been omitted without hurting the story.
What other books are like this one? If none, did it remind you of a particular TV or movie with its themes and characters? Does it serendipitous-ly line-up with things going on in your life or the news right now?
A lot of the reviews on Goodreads compare this book to Gone Girl. It does have similarities and will keep you guessing until the end of the book as to "who done it." But if you're comparing it to Gone Girl, I think this one comes up a little bit short because of the extra convoluted plot lines that weren't necessary as I mentioned above. Still a great read, though.
You know you judged this book by the cover. What did you think of it? How did it relate to the contents of the novel? And the font and layout of the pages?
The cover is perfect for the story. It shows a blurry landscape, as if it was being viewed from a moving train. Which of course is fitting to the story since a majority of it revolves around Rachel riding the train each day.
How many out of five do you give this book? Would you recommend this book to a friend?
I give this book 4 stars. I definitely recommend it to a friend, especially one who likes mystery/thrillers where the culprit isn't immediately apparent. I read it in one sitting. It's the perfect book to read with a cup of coffee, a warm blanket, and a rainstorm outside. :)
Have you read The Girl On The Train? What did you think?
The next link up is July 27th. July's theme is: a book with someone's name in the title. Which book will you choose?
P.S. Don't forget to join us beginning on Weds, July 1st for the Write or Die writer's link up. The prompt is the photo below. We can't wait to see what it inspires you to write. Prose, poetry - all are welcome. Happy writing!